It was a gorgeous morning up at Ridgefield today. The air was cool, the breeze was nice, and the birds were out and about like it was springtime.
I was most surprised to find a Western Tanager flitting about in the trees...
In the same area were a couple of Black-headed Grosbeaks, a handful of House Finches, and an adorable young Swainson's Thrush who seemed to have no idea that he was supposed to hide from my camera.
I am pretty sure I was the first to hit the refuge this morning which always has its advantages, like increased chances of seeing non-bird wildlife.
Back to birds... I don't often post photos of starlings, so this little fella should feel quite honored:
I just love his or her little splash of shimmery green. A pop of color, if you will.
I watched a Marsh Wren take a dust bath in the middle of the road. It was pretty cute.
Shorebirds were abundant. They were also far away. From what I could tell it was mostly dowitchers, Greater Yellowlegs, sandpipers, and Killdeer, not to mention oodles of Wilson's Snipes...
In a blackberry bush towards the end of the loop were a male Red-winged Blackbird, a juvenile blackbird, and a yellowthroat. Kind of funny to see them next to each other (though out of focus)...
That was about it for the refuge. On the home front, my Eurasian Collared-Dove population has DOUBLED. Now there are two. I have named them Bill & Ted.